Thursday 5 December 2019

Kerry's Shane Enright reveals poignant floral tribute he made for the late Patrick Curtin

Patrick Curtin, playing for Kerry
Patrick Curtin, playing for Kerry

Kerry defender Shane Enright has spoken about how he memorialised his friend and former teammate Patrick Curtin, who died following a car accident in Guatemala late last year.

The GAA community was left in a state of mourning following Curtin’s tragic death at the age of 26 on December 29.  During his Kerry football career, Mr Curtin made 11 minor championship appearances during 2006 and 2007, losing the 2006 All Ireland final to Roscommon after a replay.

As well as playing three championship games at U21 level, he was also part of the senior squad in 2012/2013, making 10 league and six championship appearances for his county.

The former minor and senior footballer was an employee with for Liebherr Container Cranes in Killarney and had been in Guatemala since the previous September. It is understood that Mr Curtin suffered serious head injuries in the accident and was initially treated at a local hospital before being transferred to another hospital in Miami.

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Kerry's Shane Enright

He was in coma and a number of family members had travelled from his home in Moyvane to be with him.

As Mr Curtin was being buried in Moyvane, North Kerry, Enright (above) was vacationing in Florida with the county squad and his girlfriend. While on a beach, he decided to pay a floral tribute to his old friend.

“We did a bit outside to commemorate Paddy,” Enright told the Daily Star. “We went down to the beach on the morning he was buried. It was about 6am. I just bought a few flowers down, walked into the sea and let them off. It was a nice touch.”

Shane Enright selected a breed of flower he though best suited the boisterous personality of his late pal.

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“The flowers brought to remember him, they were called crazy daises, and I think it kind of suited him. They were colourful flowers. They suited his character. He was colourful. He got on with everyone.

“Then the crazy part. There was a small bit of madness in him, a good madness. It was something I enjoyed about him,”  he said.

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